Held hostage by Facebook: Day 4

I received a notification from Facebook last week: “Because your Page posts are being seen by a lot of people, we’re requiring you to confirm your primary country/region.”

Fine, I thought. No problem.

I’ve had a Facebook Page for more than seven years. I’m an American after all, not a Russian bot.

I followed the instructions they sent to the letter. I turned on the GPS on my phone, confirmed I was a proud Floridian located in the United States of America. I didn’t think much of it.

And then on Friday I received this:

We’re requiring people who manage Pages with high potential reach to:
  1. Confirm your primary country location so we can confirm where you are based
Until you complete the steps above, any actions you take on your Page will be shown from , not The Gun Writer.
To date, I’ve sent more than 20 messages to Facebook, all of which explained that I had dutifully followed their instructions and complied with all of their imperial fiats. And I’ve reconfirmed my location more than a dozen times.
As of right now, my Facebook page is up but I’m still banned from publishing.
We’re trying some behind-the-scenes maneuvering to try to get things worked out.
In the meantime, whatever you’ve heard about Facebook and guns seems to be 100% accurate.
I’ve heard from other members of the gun media that they’re experiencing similar issues.
I get that it’s their ballpark and their rules, but I wish the rules applied equally to all players.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


    • I’m starting to wonder, brother. Mark, my pal who hosts Armed American Radio got the notice yesterday, but they haven’t shut him off yet. I heard from a guy in South Africa who said they’ve been targeted there too.

  1. Hello Lee, I’m having the same problem since yesterday. I cannot confirm my location. Were you able to fix your problem?

  2. Hi Lee,

    Did you ever get this fixed? We are having the exact same issue and getting ahold of someone is IMPOSSIBLE.

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